Attorney At Law Magazine Vol 5 Issue 10 - Page 15

Technology How Many Servers Does Your Firm Really Need? By Dave Kinsey I f the servers at your firm outnumber your people, you likely have way too many. If your firm is expanding, a single server may no longer be enough. Perhaps you would prefer to retire all your servers and run your practice through the “cloud.” In any case, it makes sense on a periodic basis to review your server architecture to ensure it’s engineered to meet the needs of the firm. Naturally, folks in the IT field love to work with the latest, greatest and most powerful new equipment. There is no question that new technologies can improve functionality and reduce costs. There is, however, a clear tendency for technical folks to over-engineer and design networks that are overly complex, needlessly expensive to maintain, and inherently less reliable. One of the more recent technologies is called server virtualization; while very useful, virtualization can also have a negative effect if not managed properly from a business standpoint. This technology allows several physical hardware servers to be consolidated onto a single physical server. These servers then become “virtual servers” or “VMs.” This strategy absolutely needs to be considered as part of any design where there are multiple servers. Unfortunately, each virtual server incurs costs for licensing, patching, monitoring, management and upgrades just like a dedicated physical server. As a result, it’s important to keep both the number of virtual and physical servers to the minimum amount required to do the job correctly. S [\\??[?\?[HYX[???X\\??\?\?[?[?H?[XX?K??x?&[H??Y?\?[??][?H??8?'?X\8?'H?\??\?K?[?H?[??H????Y?????H[??^[??]?K?]?]\?XZ[???X[B????X?????K?[?H[???[???Y??\?]?Y?[\?H?]?]?\??X?????H]?\?H ?MHYX\??[?\??[?x?&\?H?][??[?\?[?H???????YK?]?[????[???[?H\?]X?[???X?]?]B?[?X??[??Z[???XZ?H] K^YX\?[????\??\??]?B?[?H?\??H[?HYX\??[?\??\??\?[??]???[???\??X?\?B???[?H[?\???]??ZY????\?[?\?Y??^\??[B???Y?8?'??Y8?'H?[????[?H???Y\?Y[?[?\?\?Y???]?Z[????\?]H?\????][?H??H?????[??\?[??[?H]Z[??H\?Y?XZ?H?[??K?Y][?[???Y\?][??????[??[??YH]H?]?X?K\??Y\??]??\\???X[??K?[????[??H???[????Y\?[?[???[??][?[??[??]????[????Y\?]H\?Z[?][??Y?Y[Y[? [?Y][???X??X?[???Y\?][?????\?X??]]?\?H???\?H?[???[??HYX?]Y?\??\????Z\???X? ?^H\?HY??ZY?\X?][???\[???XX???\?[?\??YH]Y?H?\??\??X???\??\]Z\?Y YX?]Y??\??\???[[\X??]?\?\X?][??]8?&\??X][?[?K??]U[?H?[??]?\??YY]?^H?]\?H?X?\?]?[?\???\??\?\??\?H[??\?][???\?[\?]?H?X??YB?[??X\?[??H[?H??\? \?H\?Y?Y?Z?HY?[?Y?H??][\H???\?????\?[?\?H[??[?Y\?Y?]??Y???\?B????X??[?\???\??\??????\]Z\?H?X?????X\?H\??[??\?Z\??YX?\????[?\?X??X?[?????YY??Y\\?[??Z[?[????[?H?X]H??X[?H?\?X[?\??\???X?Y?[??X?\??\?H??? ??\?H\?H?\??\?[??\??Y[???\?H]?[?H?]?Z[?]\?????[YH [??[X^?????JH?[????H??[?K?\?H8?'Y??]?Z[X?[]x?'H]H?[?\??]?H^Y\????Y[?[??H?X?\?B??\?H^[??]?H?\?K??[ ]?[????YH?Y[?[??H?Z[?[??[?\?\?Y?\????[H?[?^X?]Y??\?H[??]??\??Z[? ?U\?X????[??]?\??YY]?^H\?H?H?[??\?B???\^]HX?X[HX?X\?\??X?[]K????[?\?HX?\?[??\?HXYH?]?]?X[?^?[??[?\???X[??H]K?Y\?Z^\??\?H?[???\?[??H]\? ?X]\??\??\??X?????K?]???X?????K[???Y?H\?XH?]?????S??H[?[?H?[?[?\?]??YH?]H?^?H\?Y????S??\?H?\?H?\?[??[?\?[HY?H?[XX?H\??^\??\???]?\?^H]?HZ\?X?H[?H\??]X?\?H?X[?H\??\????\[?Y\??]^H?[??[??\?H?]???\??[?[?\?\??????H?\??&]\?H[H?X?]\?H]8?&\???H?Y?\?Y???[K???[H[?HX^H?[?[H[??X[\??\?\?H?S??[?\?[H\?]H?[YH[?[?H?\?H?][?\? K [?K??S???[?]?B????\?H?Z[\?\??\?HH?\?[[???X[?\[?]H?\??][???\]Z\?Y?[??]???Y?Y?K?]8?&\??\??]??Y\?[?\??[?B?X???][H?YY] ?[?\???\??\??\?HX?H???HH?\?H\??B?[[?[??]H??Z[ Z[?\??^\???\?H?\?\??]?\?][??^?[[??X?H?[? ?????\??KH?[??H\??\????\???][?H?\??\?]\???H[??\?[??]H?X?[?\?]H]??\??X??Y\[???X?\?K?\????\??\????\?[Z]Y??\?[Z\?H?\??\????^[\H?[?[H??X?H ?H^?[??H??[????Y\??B?[Z]Y?X??\]H?][?[??HY?][ [?Y][?[?\?]\??HZ?[??[??\?HY\]X]H?X??\?][?[?\?[?X?K???]?HH]Y\?[???HU^\??[XZ[?[??^P?[?]??????B?]?H?[??^H\?H??\?[??\?Y[???[?]??????[?]????\?HX?????H\??\??X[?H]??\?\???Y??]\?^??K??\??X?\?[??YH??[Y[??X[?Y?[Y[? ?X??\[?\?\?\??X??\?K?\?[?\????[][?X?][??[??[?\?[U?\? ???\?\??]???]?][?Z?\?HX??X?[?Y??K??? ???K??X\???Y ?Z]H ??K?[?^ V? L N? ? ?H L?ML ?H8?(?????[?]??????B??? ? H?? L]??^H]]?XY?^?[?p???X]\??[?^ MB??